Middle East Quarterly

A quarterly journal dedicated to contemporary Middle Eastern affairs, published by the Middle East Forum. Contains studies, interviews, commentary, and reviews covering a broad range of political, economic, social and cultural concerns. The scope includes

Articles from Vol. 23, No. 3, Summer

An Intellectual Biography of a Twentieth-Century Lebanese "Young Phoenician"
Charles Corm: An Intelle ctual Biography of a Tw entieth-Century Lebanese "Young Phoenician." By Franck Salameh. Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books, 2015. 282 pp. $85.Salameh of Boston College provides an eloquent and profound biography of Charles Corm, Lebanese...
Competitive Archaeology in Jordan: Narrating Identity from the Ottomans to the Hashemites
Competitive Archaeology in Jordan: Narrating Identity fr om the Ottomans to the Hashemites. By Elena D. Cor bett. Austin: Un iversity of Texas Pres s, 2014, 2015.312 pp. $40 ($27.95, paper).At the simplest level, Jordan is a state carved out of the remains...
Democratization and Authoritarianism in the Arab World
Democratization and Authoritarianism in the Arab World. Edited by Larry Diamond and Marc F. Plattner. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014. 388 pp. $34.95, paper.This patched-together collection of twenty-nine previously published articles...
Inside Jihad
Inside Jihad, updated ed. By Ta wfik Hamid. Mountain Lake Park, Md.: Mountain Lake Press, 2015. 238 pp. $16.95.Aymann Zawahiri, al-Qaeda's leader and chief ideologue, once turned to the author of this newly reissued book and declared, "Young Muslims...
Israel's Socialist Dreams vs. Capitalist Realities
Acolorful legend holds that when God offered the Torah to the Israelites at Mt. Sinai, they were reluctant to accept it. God then lifted the mountain over their heads in a threatening manner, making them an offer they could not refuse. They reconsidered.The...
National Elections in Turkey: People, Politics, and the Party System
National Elections in Turkey: People, Politics, a nd the Party System. By F. Michael Wuthrich. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2015. 376 pp. $49.95.Wuthrich of the University of Kansas presents a useful analysis of Turkey's democratic electoral...
Religious Intolerance in the Gulf States
Interest in the state of Middle East Christians has largely focused on the quality of their lives in the Levant, Egypt, and Southern Sudan, predominantly Christian areas before the rise of Islam that still contain sizeable Christian minorities. By contrast,...
Send Ground Forces to Destroy ISIS?
There is no other way to destroy the Islamic State (or ISIS as it is commonly known) apart from the substantial commitment of ground forces. In the absence of viable alternatives to the Bashar al-Assad regime (whose demise is the Obama administration's...
Seven Myths of the Crusades
Seven Myths of the Crusades. Edited by Alfred J. Andrea and Andrew Holt. Cambridge, Mass.: Hackett Pub lishing, 2015. 248 pp. $54 ($19, paper).As the editors make clear in their preface, Seven Myths of the Crusades is presented as an antidote to the...
The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise: Muslims, Christians and Jews under Islamic Rule in Medieval Spain
The Myth of the A ndalusian Paradise: Muslims, Christians and Jew s under Islamic Rule in Medie val Spain. By Dario Fernández-Morera. Wilmington, Del.: IS I Books, 2016. 376 pp. $29.95.The era of Muslim predominance in the Iberian Peninsula (eighth to...
U.S. Mideast Retreat a Boon for Moscow and Tehran
The United States is in retreat in the Middle East, and the adverse implications of this policy shift are manifold. These range from acceleration of Tehran's drive to regional hegemony; to the spread of jihadist Islam; to the palpable risk of regional...
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